Although of course the focal point to any restaurant has to be their menu, visiting somewhere with incredible decor really does make for a special experience. Themed bars can seem a little too ‘novelty’ however when it’s done well, it can be amazing. And the latter statement was definitely applicable to a gorgeous little place I visited recently with my friend Hayley.
On the corner of Grace Church Street lies The Folly, a whimsical, fantastical place with a ‘garden influence’ throughout. In other words, as soon as you enter – it feels as though you’re crossing into some sort of fairy garden – with circular trees dotted with fairy lights, pink feather chandeliers and huge pink chairs. Offering brunch, lunch and dinner with a very relaxed feel – we were to be visiting as part of my Ketel One Vodka collaboration (post here) and sampling their amazing Bloody Mary’s.
Unfortunately we were too late in the day for brunch, so we sampled the lunch menu instead – but didn’t miss out on the Ketel One!
The menu itself is a very varied affair – which is always nice if you’re in an indecisive mood and wouldn’t be settled on just one cuisine alone. There are some clear European influences and some British classics – and the waitresses are very informed on the ingredients of each dish, which made things far easier when choosing something to be tailored to dairy-free/egg-free/fussy me!
Eventually, after making the poor waitress come back three times (Hayley and I had lots to catch up on) we settled on a sharing platter – with two types of hummus, crudities and flatbread. We teamed it with a few sips of the very strong Bloody Mary’s – and a glass of prosecco each!
The ‘main affair’ was a mix of Caesar salad – for Hayley – and sea bass and sweet potato fries – for me. Usually cooked in butter, they changed things around slightly so that I could enjoy the sea bass – which was absolutely incredible.
Since it was still rather early on in the day for a full three course meal, we skipped pudding but the offerings did sound rather amazing – so we’ll have to return on another occasion to sample those! Chocolate brownie or honeycomb sundae anyone?
Overall, we both had such a lovely time. Hayley is such a lovely girl and it’s always nice to go for lunch/dinner with a fellow blogger – because a) we’ve already got so much in common and b) they won’t judge you if you have to spend 3 further minutes perfecting the angle on those chips.
Thank you to Ketel One Vodka for providing me with the means to go and visit The Folly. Although we didn’t tuck into brunch – we had a wonderful time and enjoyed our Bloody Mary’s! We weren’t nursing hangovers, so I can’t vouch for their ‘hair of the dog’ properties – but if you are rather partial to one, you won’t be disappointed!
41 Grace Church Street, London
084 5468 0102
Have you ever visited The Folly? Do you like the sound of the decor?